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Member Spotlight: John Hutch, JP2 Architects

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John Hutch III
Principal, JP2 Architects, LLC
I manage many of the business aspects of the firm, guide and promote sustainability along with the more technical issues of our projects.

How long have you been a CREW Member?
Member since July 2015

Was there someone who influenced you to join?
From my youth, I have been surrounded by strong women who own their own businesses.  The most influential is my mother, who started her own Interior Design firm and has made many real estate investments.  She has always been an incredible example for me and fostered a love for real estate and design.  When I found out about CREWBaltimore I realized it was the perfect extension of my passion and supporting women in Commercial Real Estate.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
Programs Committee Member and Moderator of the IGCC program

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?
It hasn’t even been a year since joining CREWBaltimore and I have already had the opportunity to hire the services of several members for the construction of JP2s new office. The experience has been great and has truly encouraged me to know more about each member and their companies.

Has CREW Baltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?
Yes!  I simply love the diverse skill sets and backgrounds of the membership. I have learned so much from individuals who have a completely different approach to management, marketing and business development than my own.  It has helped me to develop and lead new initiatives at JP2.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
I have lived an amazing life and am no stranger to natural disasters. At the age of 14 my family was vacationing on St. Lucia when Hurricane David (Category 5) passed through and stranded us for 5 days. The other similar experience for me was during college when I was working in Hollister, CA and experienced the famed 6.9 magnitude earthquake that stopped the World Series.

What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is wine.  I love sharing good wine and appetizers with friends as well as the constant search for new wines to try.

What are you passionate about?
I have a strong passion for coaching and love the life lessons that kids can learn from team sports.  With four kids, I have had the opportunity to coach each one of them in Basketball and even extended that into soccer.  I have been at it for about 12 years and continue to learn myself.                 

What is your dream vacation spot?
I am fortunate to have traveled quite a bit and love the adventures I have been on. My answer is less of a dream and more of a favorite.  I married into a Southern Italian family and love spending a couple weeks during the summer on the Amalfi Coast with my family.  The culture, food, hospitality and wine is just incredible.

Member Spotlight- Laura Thul Penza


Laura Thul Penza
Penza Bailey Architects, Principal
As a principal of the award-winning architectural firm, Penza Bailey Architects, my partners and I strive for design excellence, and are proud to have very diverse commercial, institutional and residential projects, of both private and public project types. I also work hard to make a positive community impact, focusing on community service, philanthropy, and mentoring youth.

How long have you been a CREW Member?
I became a member of CREW in 2008.

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREW Baltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?
I attended a couple of lunch meetings to get a sense of the CREW value, to see if CREW might be a good fit for me, and that became crystal clear for me during a presentation about CREW Career Day. I joined that committee immediately, since I know that participating on a committee is a great way to get to know others on a level beyond simple networking. It was fun and rewarding. Brenda Bodian was also instrumental in my joining CREW – as a true CREW Advocate, she described the many CREW benefits and her personal stories are compelling.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.
• UCREW (University CREW) Career Day Committee Member 2011-2014
• CREW Career Day Committee 2008-2010
• CREWBaltimore Strategic Planning Committee 2009

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?
Yes, I am currently working with Angela Banner, of Douron. I met Angela at various CREW meetings, and contacted her to assist us with the furnishings for a high-level-security executive conference room project. She has been such a valuable asset to our project, always professional and organized, despite all the rushed schedules, budgetary constraints and last minute design changes.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
If I have an open evening or weekend afternoon, you may find me at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. I have always enjoyed pursuing artistic projects beyond my architectural work, and my appreciation of craftsmanship inspired me to learn about some of the artistic things I love. As an ‘empty-nester,’ I began exploring various ceramic and metalsmithing techniques to express my own artistic voice, and I really enjoy learning and creating new pieces.

What 3 business tips can you share with others?
• Embrace Learning – no one knows it all, and each day brings new learning opportunities and challenges
• Focus on Excellence – Doing our very best, however great or small a task, brings a rewarding sense of accomplishment
• Go Beyond the Basics if you want to excel – strive for more than just On time, Complete and Correct; focus on what else you might do to improve, and do it.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Craft Shows – I love finding special handcrafted functional items.

What are you passionate about?
Encouraging social responsibility and giving back to the community. Working towards positive change has the ability to affect many people – if we ALL did our part and gave back just a little bit, imagine how AMAZING our communities would be! I also have experienced and learned so much from helping others – giving does give back…just ask me about The Youth Dreamers one day.

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?
I have discovered Pinterest as a wonderful venue for an electronic ‘journey’ into creative artistic processes and ideas. There is something for everyone – from learning about anodized or enameled metals, to kids crafts and fun Halloween recipes.

Member Spotlight: Glenda Sanders

Glenda Sanders, Sanders Designs, Vice President

Glenda Sanders, Sanders Designs, Vice President


Glenda G. Sanders

Sanders Designs, Architects, Vice President


How long have you been a CREW Member?

5 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREW Baltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

It was actually Jackie Schineck from Century Engineering. I had mentioned I had come to a CREW event about 10 years earlier but I didn’t feel very welcome, so she had me attend a lunch meeting with her and I realized the dynamic of the organization had totally changed.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.

I started on the membership committee and then became a board member in charge of Membership. I am now the Membership Director for our chapter.

How does CREW Baltimore support your career?

From a personal aspect I have received great advice on business issues from my fellow CREW members.

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?

Yes on a local level. I’ve been doing business with Century Engineering for over 15 years and now just love Walter Electric who had been doing electrical upgrades to my home. Additionally, I have done business with Absolute Cleaning Services.

Has CREW Baltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?

Yes definitely! When you become a committee chair and/or join the board you have to learn to work with a variety of personalities and lead for the common good.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I love to garden come spring time and my guilty pleasure is building dollhouses. I now have three going and one day may finish!

What 3 business tips can you share with others?

The most important advice I can give is to “Pick up the phone”! In today’s world of e-mail sometimes an issue can’t be solved through e-mail and people can read into your message in a way that can cause issues. Don’t let e-mail be your relationship. People like to do business with people they like and if you take a personal interest in your clients their success is yours.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

Being an owner of my own business with my husband for 27 years is a challenge within itself. The hardest challenge is to leave the business at the front door of our home. How do I overcome? Tell my husband to have a beer and chill the h*** out!

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

Never miss “Nashville” on a Wednesday night.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

Now that’s a tough one. Brad Pitt because he’s gorgeous and does great things for others or Frank Sinatra because I bet he had great Hollywood stories and I love old movies.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be?

The Good Witch

Board of Directors 2015

board of directors 2015

CREWBaltimore Board of Directors 2015


Karen Pecoraro, Cardno ATC


Howard Sobkov, Cap Ex Management Group


Amy Lacock, Colliers International


Karyn Tasker, CohnReznick LLP


Kim Hogan, Cushman & Wakefield of Maryland, Inc.

General Counsel

Michele Cohen, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.


Deborah Ford, University of Baltimore

Patty Lang, Choice Plantings, Inc.

Glenda Sanders, Sanders Designs

Dawn Sangley, PLDA Interiors

Kathleen Bands Schindler, My Cleaning Service, Inc.

2015 Committee Leadership

Programs Committee

Chair: Kristen Schrader, KBE Building Corporation

Co-Chair: Ally Happel, AlliedBarton Security Services

Public Relations Committee

Chair: Candace Zang, Susquehanna Bank

Community Action Committee

Chair: Polly Houck, Absolute Service Industries, LLC

Membership Committee

Chair: Dawn Rogers, Obrecht Commercial Real Estate, Inc.

Sponsorship Committee

Chair: Laurie Marino, Colliers International

Finance Committee

Chair: Joan Renner, The Brick Companies

Event Recap – Virtual Tour of Baltimore

Tall Ships, Tall Order for Baltimore Commercial Real Estate

by Chrissy Hoffmaster, Copywriter/Project Manager at IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations

Chrissy Hoffmaster

Chrissy Hoffmaster, Copywriter/Project Manager, IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations

Virtual Tour of Baltimore

September 11 luncheon at the Hotel Monaco

While the Blue Angels roared through the sky above Baltimore’s Hotel Monaco, three commercial real estate experts treated CREWBaltimore members and guests to an electrifying virtual tour of the area’s most important upcoming projects.

With Central Maryland already home to numerous cutting-edge commercial properties, improving the local landscape is a tall order – even taller than the ships anchored for the Battle of Baltimore bicentennial. Must be why two of the featured projects will offer some of the best views of the Key Bridge and Inner Harbor!

All three projects are also raising the standards for efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life in commercial real estate. Let’s learn more…

The Rotunda in Hampden, Maryland

Presented by Chris Bell, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Development, Hekemian & Co.

A major renovation to the well-known local shopping center once managed by 2014 CREWBaltimore President Kim Hogan, The Rotunda project is designed to revitalize Hampden through a sustainable commercial property where people line up to live, dine, and shop. The design plans, which include hundreds of apartments, have taken every detail into consideration. Apartment residents will gain Harbor views, but The Rotunda itself will hardly tower over the area. Additional trees and convenient parking will make the renovated commercial property a welcome part of the tight-knit community.

Project Overview
  • 5-acre site originally developed in 1920
  • 379 apartment units accessible from central lobby
  • 155,000 s/f retail on ground floor
  • 140,000 s/f office space
  • 8-story parking structure
14 neighborhoods’ worth of input

The Rotunda has been a popular destination for Hampden, Roland Park, and Medfield residents for decades. Those loyal shoppers weren’t about to let their beloved mall morph into something that could upset their way of life. Hats off to Hekemian for satisfying all 14 of the 21 area neighborhoods that contributed input on the design. The amazing line-up of retailers probably didn’t hurt, either – mouths are already watering for MOM’s Organic Market and Starbucks.

Towson Row in Towson, Maryland

Presented by Arsh Mirmiran, Partner, Caves Valley Partners

Located at York Road and Towsontown Boulevard, Towson Row is a multi-million dollar vertical mixed-use development. Designed partly to ease the burden of Towson University’s growing population through the addition of hundreds of student beds, it’s likely to also lighten a few wallets with its amazing retail offerings, to include a high-end grocery concept.

Project Overview
  • 900 beds for TU students
  • residential tower with 375 units
  • ornamental railroad bridge spanning York Road
  • archway and grand stair leading to plaza
  • hotel and high-end restaurants
An elevated dining experience

Towson Row has ambitious aims to elevate the area’s dining options, already quite high thanks to The Melting Pot Restaurant. Though most of the new eateries will located at ground level, they’ll no doubt offer some of the best surf ‘n’ turf in the area. And for residents and students who prefer dinner and a movie, there will be no better place than the new Cobb Theatre in Towson– one of the world’s highest-end dine-in movie chains.

Downtown Columbia in Howard County, Maryland

Presented by Mark Thompson, Director, Downtown Redevelopment of Howard County

As Columbia approaches its 50th anniversary, residents should prepare for some major changes to the Mall Area, Lakefront, and Crescent Property. The Downtown Redevelopment Office is picking up where the Rouse Company left off – starting with the conversion of its world-renowned, Frank Gehry-designed headquarters into a long-awaited Whole Foods store. Look for the 30-year redevelopment plan to go hand-in-hand with HoCo’s motto, “Choose Civility,” and its focus on sustainability.

Project Overview
  • $100M, 6-story new apartment building, The Metropolitan
  • $8M renovation to Merrill Lynch building lobby
  • plans for 13,880 s/f of addition retail and 34,500 s/f of additional parks/playgrounds
  • $25M renovation to Rouse Company headquarters, now Columbia’s own Whole Foods
  • 27,000 s/f mind/body retreat center Haven on the Lake, with views of Lake Kittamaqundi
  • $5M expansion to Clyde’s of Columbia
  • $19M in renovations to Merriweather Post Pavilion, Symphony Woods
  • plans for 2,300 additional apartments, 1.4M s/f of additional office space, 313,000 s/f of additional retail space, and a 250-room hotel
HoCo Gets Around

“Our measure of success is when people pay to park in Columbia.”  A lofty goal indeed, but Mark and his team have their work cut out for them. Not only does Columbia plan to reduce residents’ dependence on personal vehicles, but it also aims to add public transportation, including a circulator that would unite the Crescent’s key institutions: Howard General Hospital and Howard Community College. Also in the works: 94 miles of additional bicycle and pedestrian pathways, along with a new recreational park.

Q & A Session

Moderated by Beth Hardsock, President, Omega Fire & Life Safety

After the presentations, Beth led the panelists through a series of hard-hitting questions from CREWBaltimore members, including Teresa Terry and Theresa Tsamoutalis.

“How will each project address resident safety?”
  • The Rotunda – Will prevent break-ins and muggings with 40 cameras located around the property. Nearly every square inch will be within camera view.
  • Towson Row – Will model Harbor East security, with strategic lighting and landscaping; also, police segways and sub-station.
  • Downtown Columbia – Will take a collaborative approach to security with help from local police department, including bike patrol of the new pathways.
“How is each project helping the area ‘go green’?”
  • The Rotunda – Additional trees and sensible parking will make area even more bike-friendly.
  • Towson Row – Towson City Center is already shockingly energy efficient, and Towson Row will be, too.
  • Downtown Columbia – Streams restoration, green areas, bio-retention ponds, and other site-specific projects to help HoCo go ever greener.
“What opportunities are there for local or small businesses to get involved with the projects?”
  • Towson Row – Hired a local architect design collective and general contractor  Whiting Turner
  • Downtown Columbia — HoCo goes local for most projects, although has hired some D.C.-based MEP specialists.
“What were the biggest challenges of each project?”
  • The Rotunda – Getting everyone in the neighborhood to buy in – it’s a 5-year process to get anything developed.
  • Towson Row – Complicated grocery store loading area – entire design built around that challenge
  • Downtown Columbia – Educating consumers that parking will have to change…
“What have you learned from your projects that you can summarize in one sentence?”
  • Chris Bell – “The best opportunities are those you can develop at the right time.”
  • Arsh Mirmiran – “It’ll take twice as long as you think.”
  • Mark Thompson – “Go slow to go fast.”
“When can I go shopping?”
  • The Rotunda – Retailers open next fall.
  • Towson Row – Starting demolition next spring.
  • Downtown Columbia – Whole Foods opened in August!

Join us at our next luncheon, Industrial “In the Know,” at the Hotel Monaco on October 9. Sign up here!

Congratulations, Beacon Awards Finalists!

 2014 CREWBaltimore Beacon Awards

November 6 at Tabrizi’s Waterfront Restaurant in Baltimore

Tickets are SOLD OUT!

Register for the Waitlist and Buy Your Raffle Tickets

CREWBaltimore Beacon Awards Finalists

Congratulations, Beacon Awards Finalists!

Chapter Champion Award

Given to the company that has over the last 24 months made a significant and sustained commitment to CREWBaltimore through the devotion of monetary resources, employee time commitment, and other support.


Choice Plantings, Inc. where CREWBaltimore member Patty Lang is Vice President and Owner
CohnReznick LLP, where CREWBaltimore member Vicki Lanahan is a Tax Senior Associate; where Mary Beth Norwood is Co-Managing Partner; and where Karyn Tasker, CPS is an Audit Manager
Safeguard Maintenance Corporation, where CREWBaltimore member Lynda Balins is Capture Manager

Member-to-Member Business Award

Honors a CREW Network member who consistently demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to marshal CREW talent, resulting in measurable business for other CREW members. This individual exemplifies the power and spirit of CREW.


Kristen Schrader, Business Development Manager, KBE Building Corporation
Howard Sobkov, President at HMS Equity

Rookie Member of the Year – The Dive-Right-In Award

Given to a member who, in the first two years of membership, has most embraced the CREWBaltimore mission and core values through chapter involvement, member-to-member business, mentoring, and/or career and professional development.


Beth Hardsock, President, Omega Fire & Life Safety
Teresa Terry, Strategic Accounts, Herman Miller, Inc.
Candace Zang, Commercial Portfolio Manager, Susquehanna Bank

Circle of Excellence Award

Given to people in the Baltimore commercial real estate community who consistently embody CREWBaltimore’s mission and core values related to Leadership, Excellence, Influence, Advancement, and Community. This award is not limited to CREW members, nor is it limited to women.


Stacey Berman, Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Deborah Ford, Ph.D., recently retired, former Director of the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate & Economic Development at University of Baltimore
Laura Thul Penza, Principal, Penza Bailey Architects
Joan Renner, Chief Financial Officer, The Brick Companies

Community Impact Award

Honors one or more commercial real estate professionals who played a pivotal role in a real estate project that was completed or achieved a significant measurable milestone in the last 24 months, and that had a significant and measurable positive impact on the community.


Kate Nolan Bryden, Principal at AMK Partners LLC, for her role in the development of Building B at Mid Atlantic Industrial Park in Perryman, MD
Seawall Development Company’s development team for its role in the development of Baltimore Design School in Baltimore, MD
University of Baltimore’s project team for its role in the development of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center in Baltimore, MD

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